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Steve Stevenson is an asshole. That might not be a cool thing to say about someone with cancer, but it’s true. Yeah, he throws legendary parties and is the most popular guy in school, but he also loves humiliating pranks, Cardi B, and doesn’t recycle. Worst of all, he’s dating Kaia—the girl of nice guy Cam’s dreams. But when a desperate Kaia asks Cam to help her raise money Steve Stevenson is an asshole. That might not be a cool thing to say about someone with cancer, but it’s true. Yeah, he throws legendary parties and is the most popular guy in school, but he also loves humiliating pranks, Cardi B, and doesn’t recycle. Worst of all, he’s dating Kaia—the girl of nice guy Cam’s dreams. But when a desperate Kaia asks Cam to help her raise money to pay for Steve’s experimental treatment, Cam offers to organize the biggest, most viral fundraising campaign—SaveSteve.com. Maybe then Kaia will finally see Cam as the perfect, thoughtful, altruistic, good guy for her. But Steve’s no fool. He’s totally on to Cam’s plan. And to stop him from stealing his girlfriend, he’s going to do whatever it takes to make Cam’s life as miserable as his own. From Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan, authors of Unpregnant, comes a quirky, funny story about the pressures of who others expect you to be and what it really means to do the right thing.


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Steve Stevenson is an asshole. That might not be a cool thing to say about someone with cancer, but it’s true. Yeah, he throws legendary parties and is the most popular guy in school, but he also loves humiliating pranks, Cardi B, and doesn’t recycle. Worst of all, he’s dating Kaia—the girl of nice guy Cam’s dreams. But when a desperate Kaia asks Cam to help her raise money Steve Stevenson is an asshole. That might not be a cool thing to say about someone with cancer, but it’s true. Yeah, he throws legendary parties and is the most popular guy in school, but he also loves humiliating pranks, Cardi B, and doesn’t recycle. Worst of all, he’s dating Kaia—the girl of nice guy Cam’s dreams. But when a desperate Kaia asks Cam to help her raise money to pay for Steve’s experimental treatment, Cam offers to organize the biggest, most viral fundraising campaign—SaveSteve.com. Maybe then Kaia will finally see Cam as the perfect, thoughtful, altruistic, good guy for her. But Steve’s no fool. He’s totally on to Cam’s plan. And to stop him from stealing his girlfriend, he’s going to do whatever it takes to make Cam’s life as miserable as his own. From Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan, authors of Unpregnant, comes a quirky, funny story about the pressures of who others expect you to be and what it really means to do the right thing.

30 review for Save Steve

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Hendriks

    Hey all, just to be clear, Book 2 is a stand alone. Not a sequel to Unpregnant. So get ready for new characters! New jokes! Sharks! Bees! More soon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Oda Renate

    Just saw "a review" by Jenni hendricks stating that this book is neither a sequel nor a companion to unpregnant. That goodreads wrote, unpregnant 2, for seemingly no reason. Just thought peeps should be aware so they dont expect a sequel. I don't mind I LOVED UNPREGANT SO MUCH I NEED EVERYTHING HENDRICKS AND CAPLAN WRITE TO BREATH.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Cam had been pining away for Kaia, and he finally thought the time was right to make his move. Little did he know that she already had a boyfriend, and even worse, that boyfriend was Steve, Oh, and even worse than that, Steve had cancer. In an attempt to impress Kaia (and win her heart), Cam offered to help with a fundraiser to "Save Steve". What seemed like a good idea at the time turned into a nightmare, when Steve decided to to beat Cam at his own game. • Pro: This book is hilarious! The humo Cam had been pining away for Kaia, and he finally thought the time was right to make his move. Little did he know that she already had a boyfriend, and even worse, that boyfriend was Steve, Oh, and even worse than that, Steve had cancer. In an attempt to impress Kaia (and win her heart), Cam offered to help with a fundraiser to "Save Steve". What seemed like a good idea at the time turned into a nightmare, when Steve decided to to beat Cam at his own game. • Pro: This book is hilarious! The humor leans slightly darker employing some gallows humor and it's often over the top, but still, hilarious. Lots of laughter was heard in these parts as I made my way through this story. • Pro: I loved that the book pokes fun at some well known tropes. One character warns Cam, over and over, not to mess with a "cancer love story". At different points throughout the book, she name-drops a bunch of books and movies, such as: The Fault in Our Stars, Here on Earth, Love Story, A Walk to Remember, etc. Every reference was well placed and Cam's reactions were always priceless. • Pro: I could not get over the hoops poor Cam had to jump through. Some of the stunts he was challenged to complete were worthy of being in an episode of Jackass. • Pro: Steve was what I would call the anti-Cam. These two were opposites in almost every way. The striking contrast resulted in a lot of really lively and entertaining situations, but I also love the idea of such different people being able to work together in some capacity as they found some common ground. • Pro: I thought this would be a romance and was not disappointed when it wasn't. I loved the friendship that formed between Steve and Cam. So unexpected, but a really nice touch. I was quite impressed by some of the more tender moments they shared too. • Pro: Way to surprise me! The story took a few unexpected turns. They were interesting choices, and more interesting was that I was ok with these unanticipated twists. Overall: I came for the over the top hilarious antics, but I was happy to find a buddy story with quite a bit of heart. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Kelley

    Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to review an early copy of Save Steve by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan before it's September 1st release date! FULL REVIEW HERE This book was SO fun and full of antics, making me love every second of it! First off, I loved how Steve loved Cardi B and she was in so many scenes in this book because I love her and she's my Queen. Secondly, I loved reading about the pranks that Steve would make Cam do to raise money and how Cam did it, no matter how embarrassi Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to review an early copy of Save Steve by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan before it's September 1st release date! FULL REVIEW HERE This book was SO fun and full of antics, making me love every second of it! First off, I loved how Steve loved Cardi B and she was in so many scenes in this book because I love her and she's my Queen. Secondly, I loved reading about the pranks that Steve would make Cam do to raise money and how Cam did it, no matter how embarrassing, and from that, we see Steve and Cam's friendship grow and the two really began to open up to one another. There were so many scenes of banter between Cam and Steve that had me laughing to myself like a lunatic. Steve had such a crazy, free-spirit whereas Cam was more reserved and politically correct. Despite their differences, I felt like Steve and Cam really learned a lot from one another. It was a nice change to have a male character narrate the story as opposed to the typical female. Steve was really unlikable at first and kind of an ass, but I felt like he was really opening up to Cam and redeeming himself towards the end of the book. Kaia felt kind of like a useless character to me, and she didn't really add much to the story besides being a big plot point. The writing is so laid-back and easy to follow. It flows and it feels natural. There is sarcasm in the writing that gives the story a lot of depth and makes the experience that much more enjoyable. The writing made you want to not put the book down and know what would happen next. There were a lot of themes present in this book as well, which I always enjoy when a book has multi-layers and is able to pull it off well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    dani

    *special thanks to harpercollins and edelweiss + for the arc* this book started off with a particular note i did not like. how obsessed he was with this girl, who, he didn't know that well (creepy vibes right here) and the way the chapters started with that; however as the story progressed, as the characters grew, as they got to know each other, i grew fond of it. it's not the best book out there but it's one that teaches you about friendship and about being mature enough to take a no for an answe *special thanks to harpercollins and edelweiss + for the arc* this book started off with a particular note i did not like. how obsessed he was with this girl, who, he didn't know that well (creepy vibes right here) and the way the chapters started with that; however as the story progressed, as the characters grew, as they got to know each other, i grew fond of it. it's not the best book out there but it's one that teaches you about friendship and about being mature enough to take a no for an answer with a good heart! 3/5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight After reading this author duo's lovely debut, Unpregnant , last year, I added this book to my TBR basically immediately. And it had the same humor mixed with important lessons and character development that its predecessor had! So, what did I like and what did I not enjoy as much? Read on! Yays: ►There were lots of funny moments! This is definitely what I expected from this You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight After reading this author duo's lovely debut, Unpregnant , last year, I added this book to my TBR basically immediately. And it had the same humor mixed with important lessons and character development that its predecessor had! So, what did I like and what did I not enjoy as much? Read on! Yays: ►There were lots of funny moments! This is definitely what I expected from this writing duo, and it didn't disappoint. Especially considering that it's a fairly serious premise (young person with cancer is always rough!), the dark humor was just really on point. Is it absurd at times? Sure, but that's part of the fun! ►I liked that Cam was really close with his mom! I'll get to that more later (yes, it happens to be a part of my "nays" as well, but that's okay!), but I really admired that they both worked at their relationship. Cam really did embrace a lot of the (very important, tbh) lessons that his mom tried so hard to impart on him, even if he slipped up (and he did, again, see below). ►I 100% liked the will-they-won't-they bromance more than the actual love interest. Kaia was fine, but she wasn't what propelled me forward. I kept hoping that Steve would come around, and that Cam's motives would become purer. I wanted these two to be besties, forever. I won't tell you what happens and whether they do, but it was so fun to read! ►All of the characters do grow and learn a lot. They might start out pretty questionably, but everyone starts to engage in some much needed self-reflection, yay! Nays: ►This is completely a personal thing, but Cam's cringiness got to me. See, Cam's mom is a single mom trying to raise him to be... not a typical white guy jerk. Which is admirable! And like, same! It is my whole life's goal that my son is not a white guy jerk too! Which is why, when Cam is so, it just... ouch. But like, he did eventually realize it, which is why I still enjoyed the book. Bottom Line: Save Steve is... look, it's a funny yet heartfelt cancer book. And yes, those things can coexist, and they do so beautifully here!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sacha

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I had a lot of trouble with this book, and I’ll explain more - in detail - upon publication. Updated 9/1/20 2 stars I really liked _Unpregnant_ and so was excited to read this next installment, but WOW did I have problems with this novel. The first 90% of the novel is nearly intolerable. Cam is very connected to what's right and wrong in the world but cannot manage to keep himself out of the most Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I had a lot of trouble with this book, and I’ll explain more - in detail - upon publication. Updated 9/1/20 2 stars I really liked _Unpregnant_ and so was excited to read this next installment, but WOW did I have problems with this novel. The first 90% of the novel is nearly intolerable. Cam is very connected to what's right and wrong in the world but cannot manage to keep himself out of the most ridiculous series of calamities with Steve and Kaia. He gets fooled over and over again by the same person and somehow can never think of a way to avoid this scenario, even when he has clear outs. Character growth? It's not for him. I found it impossible to root for him at any point. As a side note but one that I keep coming back to, Cam also uses the term "prostitute" at some point (as in he'll "save the prostitutes" in a video game), and I found it wild that a character who is obsessed with his own #wokelyfe would use this outdated and offensive word. Of all of the odd incidents, choices, twists, etc., this was one that really demonstrated inconsistency for me. Kaia also seems weirdly oblivious to the people around her, even though she is admittedly more concerned with everyone else's happiness than her own. The most likable character is Steve - the villain - and he is like a 3 out of 10 at his best. There's so much gross-out humor that is...not funny. From having taught Stephen King's _The Body_ many times, I know how sensitive some folks are to vomit. There is vomit. It's not the only offender of this childish kind. The antics read way too young overall. By the end, the characters do evidence some development, but it feels quite minimal in relation to their experiences and ages. It bums me out to say this is a disappointing novel in general but especially in light of how much I liked the predecessor.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teenage Reads

    Plot: Cam waited for the perfect moment to ask Kaia out on a date. After a summer night protesting to Save the Wetland, where Kaia and Cam bonded, he knew she was the girl for him. If only the perfect moment would arrive. After seven failed attempts to ask Kaia out, Cam thought one of Steve Stevenson’s famous parties would be the right chance. Yet by that point, it was too late. With a very intoxicated Steve helping Cam on the search for Kaia, making fun of him along the way, it was when they rea Plot: Cam waited for the perfect moment to ask Kaia out on a date. After a summer night protesting to Save the Wetland, where Kaia and Cam bonded, he knew she was the girl for him. If only the perfect moment would arrive. After seven failed attempts to ask Kaia out, Cam thought one of Steve Stevenson’s famous parties would be the right chance. Yet by that point, it was too late. With a very intoxicated Steve helping Cam on the search for Kaia, making fun of him along the way, it was when they reached Kaia that Cam found out Steve was her boyfriend, and that they have recently gotten together. What is worse is that Steve got diagnosed with cancer, a 94% curable “good cancer”, but now Steve and Kaia have a cancer love story, and nothing could break up that, right? Still trying, Cam uses his power of positive change by helping Kaia create a Save Steve campaign, helping to raise the $20000 needed for Steve’s medical expenses. Knowing Cam is going after his girlfriend, Steve hacks the SaveSteve.com account, and forces Cam to do embarrassing stunts to raise money, basically trying to lower his chances with Kaia. But Kaia is the girls of his dreams, and Cam will do everything to get her, even if that means wearing a diaper to school and rapping to Cardi B. Thoughts: Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan wrote this novel about Cam, a true not sarcastically white knight, who tries to do the best in the world. This boy never says anything that could be classified as homophobic or racist, he attends a protest to save the sharks, protect wetlands, ban straws, whose role model is Michelle Obama. Literally the nicest kid you could ever meet, and the boy Kaia should be dating. Yet Hendriks and Caplan wrote him with this rude intention to steal Steve’s girlfriend by fundraising money for Steve. Which is the opposite of what our humanitarian Cam is supposed to do. This entire fundraiser is done for a selfish reason, even if you cannot blame Cam for taking his chance to spend time and form a romantic relationship with Kaia. Kaia, was a similar overachieve, Type A personality student, whom you could see going out with either Steve or Cam. Where Cam and she did share similar personalities and hobbies, it was Steve who showed her how to have fun and someone to make her take a pause in life and watch Netflix for an evening. While writing Kaia, the authors did a good job of keeping Kaia in the middle, showing her ability to swing from being in love with Steve to falling in love with Cam. Steve on the other hand was a totally opposite character, a jock, party boy, who is here to have fun and not care too much that he has cancer. Steve, for the majority of the novel, was living by the saying “here for a good time, not a long time”, and only slightly worried that Cam would successfully steal Kaia away from him. In their own unique ways they are likable characters with their own flaws that they recognize and grow from, thus, showing major character growth from the beginning of the book to the end. With a fast-moving plot, and some very funny twists in there, especially involving Steve’s pranks on Cam, and Cardi B made an appearance, this is definitely an okay novel, and one that can join others on the cancer romance shelf.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Bishop

    "I love that title" -- Jeff's stepdad, Steve First abortion, now cancer; is there anything Jenni and Ted can't find humor in? These two prove once again that they are two of the funniest writers working full stop. Fingers crossed it follows in the footsteps of Unpregnant and finds its way to the big/streaming screen, that way we get a chance to see Cam's bee beard in all its glory. My only wish is that the wrote "Save Steve" after Cardi released WAP, because I think we can all agree that should'v "I love that title" -- Jeff's stepdad, Steve First abortion, now cancer; is there anything Jenni and Ted can't find humor in? These two prove once again that they are two of the funniest writers working full stop. Fingers crossed it follows in the footsteps of Unpregnant and finds its way to the big/streaming screen, that way we get a chance to see Cam's bee beard in all its glory. My only wish is that the wrote "Save Steve" after Cardi released WAP, because I think we can all agree that should've been the song Cam performed in front of the school.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thamy

    This was a very different coming-of-age story about a boy trying to beat cancer—meaning, the boy with cancer whom his crush is dating. Cam has wanted to ask Kaia out many protests and campaigns ago but never saw the perfect moment, until he finds out she's dating popular boy Steve. Who also happens to have (the good kind and very curable) cancer. To impress her, he ends up fronting a new campaign with Kaia to get funds for Steve's treatment, but Steve is onto this good guy act and makes sure the This was a very different coming-of-age story about a boy trying to beat cancer—meaning, the boy with cancer whom his crush is dating. Cam has wanted to ask Kaia out many protests and campaigns ago but never saw the perfect moment, until he finds out she's dating popular boy Steve. Who also happens to have (the good kind and very curable) cancer. To impress her, he ends up fronting a new campaign with Kaia to get funds for Steve's treatment, but Steve is onto this good guy act and makes sure the campaign doesn't run so smoothly by making Cam do crazy stunts until he gives up. 3.5. This was uncommon and unpredictable but it also dragged a lot. Whenever there was something funny, it wasn't funny enough to make me laugh hard and compensate how this is basically a sarcastic story. I didn't remember the writers worked for television but I still kept thinking how much better this would work as a movie or some short series. As a book, it's hard to identify why but it didn't work so well; great idea, bad execution. It was hard to really cheer for Cam, not because he was using a boy with cancer to get a girl because Steve really wasn't any better, but he was just kind of a drag. And it was hard to like Kaia, when she seemed to change her mind the moment Cam did what she wanted and then make things harder for him—in a "just because the writer wanted" way, I mean. This is a fun story, there's a couple of hilarious moments too, but I just went ha ha most of the time. I feel the visuals, the dynamics of a movie would fill in what seemed to be missing here. It's still different and a good break from the romantic YA's that seem to overwhelm the non-fantasy side of the genre. But I really hope for a live action version. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    This book is well written and funny in parts. I found the repetition of the first few chapters to be quite clever, but after that point I was overwhelmed by the selfishness and bullying in this book. I was completely turned off by Steve (even with his character arc), found Cam to be unlikable, and felt like Kaia’s character fell flat. I really wanted to like this book, but I was cringing for most of it. For me, the keys to an noteworthy book are characters that I can empathize with, but this boo This book is well written and funny in parts. I found the repetition of the first few chapters to be quite clever, but after that point I was overwhelmed by the selfishness and bullying in this book. I was completely turned off by Steve (even with his character arc), found Cam to be unlikable, and felt like Kaia’s character fell flat. I really wanted to like this book, but I was cringing for most of it. For me, the keys to an noteworthy book are characters that I can empathize with, but this book didn’t deliver that experience for me. 2.5 stars rounded up. Advanced readers copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Netgalley This was a fun story, with lots of good bits of romance and friendship, and I enjoyed the book a lot. There are not a lot of humorous YA books with male main characters, so I would definitely purchase this for a high school reader or library. There were also a lot of f-words, so I will pass for middle school. I'm always looking for YA books that my 8th grade readers might enjoy that don't involve language or situations that 6th graders would find harrowing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin Quinn

    Okay, this one was kind of a surprise! I went in thinking this would be a love-triangle/cancer romance, but it actually turned out to be a fun and funny male friendship story. A hat tip to the authors for building in some really heartfelt moments that let the two male characters feel real feelings and prioritize their friendship over girls (sort of). AND it included a choreographed dance to Cardi B. Way to smash toxic masculinity! On another note, I’ve read a few books lately that were just real Okay, this one was kind of a surprise! I went in thinking this would be a love-triangle/cancer romance, but it actually turned out to be a fun and funny male friendship story. A hat tip to the authors for building in some really heartfelt moments that let the two male characters feel real feelings and prioritize their friendship over girls (sort of). AND it included a choreographed dance to Cardi B. Way to smash toxic masculinity! On another note, I’ve read a few books lately that were just really badly written and it was so nice to read one that was really polished with a tight plot and fully developed characters. Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    "I was helping people. Lots of people." TW: cancer, talks of suicide Save Steve is a book that follows three teenagers in their messy love triangle. None of the characters are likable in the least and they were super annoying throughout the entire story. Cam is said to be this super social activist but most of it is fake and is just him trying to get with Kaia. I felt like the activism stuff was being shoved down my throat at every turn of the page, and I was just sad that Cam hardly did any of th "I was helping people. Lots of people." TW: cancer, talks of suicide Save Steve is a book that follows three teenagers in their messy love triangle. None of the characters are likable in the least and they were super annoying throughout the entire story. Cam is said to be this super social activist but most of it is fake and is just him trying to get with Kaia. I felt like the activism stuff was being shoved down my throat at every turn of the page, and I was just sad that Cam hardly did any of the campaigning and protesting just because he wanted to do something nice. It was constantly said that Cam did all of these things out of the goodness of his heart but that's a whole lot of telling and not enough showing. The whole Cam and Steve friendship aspect of this story was my favorite and yet it was one of the most underdeveloped parts. And then adding in the absurd amounts of pop-culture references- no thank you. I will say that this book is good at showing performative activism and why people should just be themselves and learn to do the right thing. But other than that, this book was super aggravating (luckily fast-paced) to read. Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris G.

    Saving the environment. Saving sharks. Now in high school, Cam has been demonstrating and organizing to make the world better his whole life. He has a huge crush on fiery, committed Kaia, but she is even busier than Cam with overlapping school and social justice commitments, and it’s just never the right time for cautious, insecure Cam to ask her out. As he waits for the perfect opportunity, charismatic cool bro Steve starts dating Kaia. When Steve is diagnosed with cancer and the community lear Saving the environment. Saving sharks. Now in high school, Cam has been demonstrating and organizing to make the world better his whole life. He has a huge crush on fiery, committed Kaia, but she is even busier than Cam with overlapping school and social justice commitments, and it’s just never the right time for cautious, insecure Cam to ask her out. As he waits for the perfect opportunity, charismatic cool bro Steve starts dating Kaia. When Steve is diagnosed with cancer and the community learns that his family is going into debt, Cam tries to attract Kaia’s interest by offering to work with her to help raise money for Steve’s medical bills. Steve sees through Cam’s plans, and masterminds a series of fundraising events (bee beard, tattoo, and more) that humiliate Cam and motivate him to expose the “real” Steve. Hendrik’s and Caplan are truly funny writers, and fine observers of character. Those who loved their first book, Unpregnant, will not be surprised to find themselves laughing at Cam’s innocence and duplicity, Steve’s scheming intellect, and Kaia’s exasperated independence. Excellent cameo appearances by Michelle Obama and Cardi B. EARC from Edelweiss.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamice Robinson

    When I first started reading Save Steve, I thought it was going to be a tear jerker like The Fault in Our Stars, and it’s kind of funny that the book is referenced in here too, so I though I would need tissues. Turns out I was wrong, but I still needed tissues because this book is hilarious, it had me tearing up from laughing. I wouldn’t even call it a romance more like a friendship story, because of how close their friendship grew. I wish there was an epilogue to see what happened to them but t When I first started reading Save Steve, I thought it was going to be a tear jerker like The Fault in Our Stars, and it’s kind of funny that the book is referenced in here too, so I though I would need tissues. Turns out I was wrong, but I still needed tissues because this book is hilarious, it had me tearing up from laughing. I wouldn’t even call it a romance more like a friendship story, because of how close their friendship grew. I wish there was an epilogue to see what happened to them but the ending was perfect in my opinion. Save Steve was a great story and one that I can totally see becoming a movie.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kriza Petra

    While I like the premise, I find the characters annoying and most of the time there's no depth in the characters interaction, save for some moment at the end between Cam and his mother. I get that this book is trying to turn cancer coming-of-age story into something new and fresh, but lack of proper characterization and inconsistent tone of dialogues really put me off. If you're looking for some light read but with a lot of cussing and stupid moments that make you want to say "why would you even d While I like the premise, I find the characters annoying and most of the time there's no depth in the characters interaction, save for some moment at the end between Cam and his mother. I get that this book is trying to turn cancer coming-of-age story into something new and fresh, but lack of proper characterization and inconsistent tone of dialogues really put me off. If you're looking for some light read but with a lot of cussing and stupid moments that make you want to say "why would you even do that", then this book might be just for you. 2/5 4/10

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Fun and engaging read with realistic characters - you can’t help but bounce back and forth between rooting for them and rolling your eyes at their decision making! I loved getting to know Cam, Kaia, and Steve; loved the quick pace of the action that made the book zip along (I INHALED it); and loved the ending (no spoilers!)! Based on their first two books, Jenni and Ted are a great writing team - I love their style! Looking forward to more from them!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss 3.5 Cam is a good guy- better than that even, he's a woke. Protests are the majority of Cam's life, and they only get better when the gorgeous Kaia becomes part of them. The problem is, it never feels like the right time to ask her out. And then, when he thinks she's giving him the greenlight, he finds himself in the embarrassing situation of discovering she has a boyfriend, and that her boyfriend now knows he likes her. Cam's plans to hide from Kaia for the rest o I received an ARC from Edelweiss 3.5 Cam is a good guy- better than that even, he's a woke. Protests are the majority of Cam's life, and they only get better when the gorgeous Kaia becomes part of them. The problem is, it never feels like the right time to ask her out. And then, when he thinks she's giving him the greenlight, he finds himself in the embarrassing situation of discovering she has a boyfriend, and that her boyfriend now knows he likes her. Cam's plans to hide from Kaia for the rest of the year change when she tells him that her boyfriend, the uber popular Steve, has cancer. When he suggests the fundraiser it seems like the perfect way to do something good and get to spend more time with Kaia. That is, until Steve hacks into the website, and starts to get creative about their fundraising ideas. This is basically entirely a humor book. Not much growth happens, and the heavy bits are completely outweighed by the goofiness. So if you want a quick read to take your mind off of things, or alleviate your boredom, this one might be for you. If you're hoping for something a little more meatier- even just as meaty as this duo's previous work, UNpregnant- you won't find that here. I appreciated the little things in this book that miss tropes. Like, how Cam could have easily been a "nice guy" but, while he is occasionally terrible, is actually woke and usually pretty cool. What he has to figure out for himself actually has nothing to do with privilege or masculinity. And Steve is remarked several times to be smart, and in AP classes, even though he's also a popular, immature jock. Kaia, as well, is beautiful and kind of popular, and her interest in social justice and saving the planet isn't used as a joke, or something Steve likes her despite. In fact, her social justice personality seems to rub off, a little, on Steve. There's also some fresh ideas in how this book ends, though I won't spoil that. For the most part, the thing that put a damper on this novel, was that is seemed like it was written to be a movie. Now, that isn't really surprising, since these are people who work in the tv/film industry, and UNpregnant is being adapted for the screen. But where UNpregnant had moments that seemed like they'd do well as a movie but also worked in the book, and mostly didn't call attention to visuals, a lot of this book boils down to visuals and gags. I do actually think this will make a fun movie (because it's obviously going to be a movie), but it took me out of the book. I can imagine a choreographed lip sync routine, but explaining the motions and the lyrics and everything inbetween is never going make it as interesting as actually watching the lip synch routine. The really weird thing about this book is, I find myself in the rare space of actually wishing this book were either half of a book, or the prequel for a really cool different book. I do, in reality, like Cam, Steve, and Kaia, and the friendship they work out between them. But this book doesn't explore that friendship at all until the end, and before that it only shows it between two people at a time, and timidly. I want to see them together! I want to follow their strange friend group while they learn things! It turns out that what I was most interested in in this book, was barely even shown. Give me a spin off or a sequel! This book was a quick read with plenty of practical jokes, tense relationships, and conversations about sharks. While I wound up liking the characters a lot, I wish that they'd gotten more time together. Oh, and I really, really wish that this cover had Kaia looking like she was POC.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jjoo

    This book is ok. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. It's about a teenage love triangle that has really no likable characters and a few funny parts. Cam has his eye on Kaia and gets beat out by steve who has cancer. Cam is an activist for everything ever and seems fake and steve is a jerk. this was not for me. Am I too Old? maybe

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Scully

    It just...annoyed me so much. The protagonist is this self-righteous dude who decided that because he kinda cares about feminism and environmental rights, he deserves the girl, and gets mad (after having done nothing for six months) when she starts dating someone who makes her happy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Josh Newhouse

    Loved this book! Two for two!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Pretty good and darkly funny in a way. The Cardi B dance scene is the best part. And yes, I did just say CARDI B DANCE SCENE.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rifat Hossain

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liv Worthen

  26. 4 out of 5

    B

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joe Bamert

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carline

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine Nguyen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

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